EcoPod @DuSable Museum for Green City Day

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Friday, May 13

Microsoft’s EcoPod (opens in new tab) is honored to be co-hosted by The DuSable Museum of African American History and Chicago Park District for Green City Day. Come join EcoPod and local Chicago organizations working across the environmental spectrum to address education, action, and community engagement for a greener future. Come taste award winning Mac & Cheese courtesy of Auntie Vee’s (opens in new tab) Food Truck (11am-2pm)

The DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History (opens in new tab) is a Chicago community institution and the first non-profit Museum dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, study and the dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. As an educational institution, DuSable attracts school groups from Chicago and surrounding areas. More than 100,000 visitors attend or utilize the facility yearly. Through exhibits, educational programs, the archives, and special activities, the Museum continuously explores the African American experience and accomplishments of the past and present to further advance the education of the future. DuSable is the host of the EcoPod and Green City Day.

a close up of a flower garden in front of the DuSable Museum
The DuSable Museum of African American History


Blacks In Green (opens in new tab) (BIG™) serves as a bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of green, self-sustaining, mixed-income, walkable-villages in communities owned and populated by African Americans. In these places, every household can walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play, and neighbor dollars circulate to reduce greenhouse gases. Blacks In Green is pioneering “the sustainable-square-mile” in a “city of villages,” where every household can walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, and walk-to-play – balancing environment, economics, and equity. Our commitment is to self-sustaining Black communities everywhere.

The Chicago Park District (opens in new tab) has over 8,800 acres of land, with over 600 parks. As of 2022, over 1,850 acres of Chicago Park District land is Natural Areas. There are over 90 Natural Areas ranging from a quarter acre to over 200 acres. Volunteers are an important part of Chicago Park District’s Natural Areas. Community Stewardship Program volunteers are dedicated community members that commit to leading volunteers at regularly scheduled workdays in a Natural Area. Community Stewards are valued partners that assist with the management, monitoring and advocacy of native habitats and serve as ambassadors to visitors. When volunteers, CPD staff and contractors work together, the quality of life for people and wildlife is richer. The program is managed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

The Field Museum of Natural History (opens in new tab), also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago, Illinois, and is one of the largest such museums in the world. One of the world’s leading natural history museums, the Field Museum is home to 40 million artifacts and specimens, exciting exhibitions, and more than 150 scientists, conservators, and collections staff. The Field Museum inspires curiosity about life on Earth while exploring how the world came to be and how we can make it a better place.

Imani Village (opens in new tab) – As a Social Enterprise, develop for the empowerment of underserved and historically disenfranchised residents of the Pullman Community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, a sustainable eco-friendly mixed use “green” intergenerational community with a village environment, committed to lifelong education, health and economic development to be known as Imani Village.

MAPSCorps (opens in new tab) – This 501(c)(3) nonprofit based on Chicago’s Southside trains youth to produce high quality data about community assets that everyone will use to improve the human condition. High school students are employed as community data scientists, who apply scientific method and mobile technology to capture data about the public-facing businesses and organizations serving their community. MAPSCorps provides the first paid employment experience for half of participating youth.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (opens in new tab) (MWRD) was created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1889 as the Sanitary District of Chicago to protect Lake Michigan, the source of our drinking water, as well as the health and safety of citizens and area waterways. We are an award-winning, special-purpose district responsible for treating wastewater and providing stormwater management for residents and businesses in our service area which encompasses 882.1 square miles and includes Chicago and 128 suburban communities throughout Cook County. The MWRD serves approximately 12.72 million people each day, including 5.16 million residents.

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Nordson Green Earth Foundation (opens in new tab) was founded in 2021 to improve tree equity in and around Chicago. Incorporating the Miyawaki Method of tiny native forest planting, NGEF increases tree canopy while enhancing biodiversity in urban areas more vulnerable to the effects of climate change and heat islands. Through community engagement efforts, NGEF plans to create additional tiny native forests throughout the Chicagoland area in efforts to support the mission of tree equity.

Discovery Partners Institute (opens in new tab) (DPI) envisions a tech workforce as diverse as Chicago and Illinois. Through Pritzker Tech Talent Labs (opens in new tab) (PTTL), a division within DPI, we are working systematically—from cradle to career—with elementary and high school students, college and community college students, teachers and working professionals to make our vision a reality. By creating a pipeline that bridges the college affordability gap and retains homegrown and diverse talent, we will have a network of programs and support that bring more people of color and women into tech spaces.

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At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation (opens in new tab), we study the fundamental processes that drive, shape, and sustain cities. Our researchers come from the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Together, we pursue innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, develop new educational programs, and provide leadership and evidence to support global, sustainable urban development.

University of Chicago Spatial Data Group

The Center for Spatial Data Science (opens in new tab) (CSDS) develops state-of-the-art methods for geospatial analysis; implements them through open-source software (opens in new tab) tools; applies them to policy-relevant research (opens in new tab) in the social sciences; and disseminates them through education (opens in new tab) and support to a growing worldwide community. Within CSDS, the HeRoP Lab (opens in new tab) further integrates innovative GIScience, public health, and statistical approaches to explore, understand, and promote healthy regions and policies.